- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I hand made all of these babies, each is one of a kind. I have six bridesmaids and went a little crazy when I decided they each needed a brooch bouquet. I love how they turned out and how they sparkle. I wouldn’t advise going this route if you’re on a budget unless you just happen to have several hundred brooches just laying around.
First I tried the wired stem method:
which looked lovely, but I wanted more control over the placement of the brooches. This method allowed brooches to slide under one another and move around more than I liked. I tried variations on how tightly or loosely they were wrapped but I just wasn’t getting what I wanted which was a more sculptured look.
So next I tried using foam balls from hobby lobby:
first I made a hole in the bottom (ignore that there are already some brooches attached, I did some experimenting with attachment methods before I added the handle).
Then I added some gorrilla glue in the hole, inserted a dowl rod, and allowed to dry.
I attached wire to the brooches and stabbed them into the foam. You can use glue to hold more securely but keep in mind that it can ruin the jewelry in case you were hoping to unattach it someday.
The foam ball method allowed more control over the placement of the brooches so I was able to have specific centerpiece pieces. To fill in any gaps I used pearl head pins, pearl headed boutonniere pins, and wire wrapped individual pearls.
Then I added flowers, and ribbon to complete the bouquet.